Norfolk by Design

FESTIVAL will be Norfolk by Design’s third pop-up exhibition of art and objects by artists and makers from Norfolk and East Anglia to be held in The Stables at Houghton Hall. The exhibition will celebrate and respond to the work of sculptor Henry Moore, an icon of the 20th century, who along with his contemporaries was a key contributor to the Festival of Britain in 1951, that embodied the sense of optimism of a country that looked forward to the second half of the century, following the devastation experienced during WWII.

“The whole of nature is an endless demonstration of shape and form. It always surprises me when artists try to escape from this.”
Henry Moore

Like many of the artists and makers we have shown over previous pop-up exhibitions, Moore was inspired by the coastal features and landscape of North Norfolk during visits to his sister, who was the Headmistress at Wighton School, Wells-Next-to-the-Sea while he was still a student. Moore and his contemporaries like Barbara Hepworth were transfixed by natural form and the geological processes that left their mark on the natural landscape. Between them they configured a strong, visual language that could be applied to the celebration and flowering of modern Britain during post war austerity.

FESTIVAL is a departure for Norfolk by Design. We have included artists and makers who are among some of the most experienced of their generation living in this part of the country. Many we have not shown before. There will be an emphasis on this unique opportunity to make the link between different generations of creative talent and how subjects and themes transcend fashion.


Follow the brown signs off the A148 Fakenham to King’s Lynn Road PE31 6EY. Public opening times will be from 11am to 5.00pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays (including Bank Holiday Mondays) from 1 May – 29 September. And open on Saturdays from July 20. The venue has been provided by kind permission of the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley. Houghton Hall is one of Norfolk’s finest houses, it encourages recreation and relaxation throughout the grounds and has created suitable spaces for displaying large-scale installations by leading contemporary artists within a formal garden setting as well as the park. Our exhibition will be held in the Stables at Houghton Hall to coincide with a solo exhibition by the renowned British artist Henry Moore.

Please note that there is a charge to enter the Houghton Estate in order to visit us in the stables. More details via this link


Norfolk by Design organises pop-up exhibitions in unusual and unique settings showcasing the work of artists, designers and craftspeople based across the county of Norfolk and slightly further afield. For more details of previous exhibitions and to view our online gallery please go to